Captaining India in 200th ODI is all destiny, says MS Dhoni

first_imgMS Dhoni took over as the captain of India for the first time after 696 days, since stepping down in January 2017. With Rohit Sharma rested for an inconsequential Super Four match against Afghanistan at Asia Cup 2018 on Tuesday, Dhoni stepped up to take the hat.This is Dhoni’s 200th ODI as India captain. He had last captained India in the ODI series against New Zealand.Even though it’s been more than a year since Dhoni left the limited-overs captaincy, he remains a vital cog in the team and continues to influence the team, giving instructions to young spin-twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.On his return as India captain, Dhoni lost the toss but the decision still went his way as Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan opted to bat.Asia Cup 2018, India vs Afghanistan: LIVE BLOG | LIVE CRICKET SCORE”We were looking to bowl first. Quite a few changes. Both the openers are missing, Bhuvi, Bumrah and Chahal are also missing. Everybody who hadn’t played in this tournament get a chance,” Dhoni announced after the toss.The captains have made their way to the center for the toss!Afghanistan have won the toss and they have decided to bat first!#INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018 (@ACCMedia1) September 25, 2018India’s playing XI read: KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (C), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed and Siddharth Kaul.Dhoni said that despite the massive changes, the new-look team needs to show the same intensity and get their line and length right.advertisementPlaying XIIndia:Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed #INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) September 25, 2018Also read – MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationals”They are part of the 15 and are representing India. We’ll have to keep the intensity up. It is important for them to adjust to the line and length they need to bowl.”Dhoni believed it was only destiny that allowed him to captain India for the 200th ODI. Dhoni is India’s most successful captain across formats. Before Tuesday, Dhoni had led India in 199 ODIs out of which he won 110 matches and lost 74.Dhoni therefore became only the third cricketer captain in 200 ODIs. Ricky Ponting led Australia (ICC) in 230 ODIs from 2002-2012 while New Zeland’s Stephen Fleming led in 218 ODIs from 1997-2007.Also read – I’ve learned the most from MS Dhoni: Virat Kohli”I was not really sure of where I am standing. I have captained 199 ODIs, so this gives me an opportunity to make it 200. It’s all destiny and I have always believed in that. It’s not in my control, once I left captainship. Good to complete 200, but I don’t think it really matters.”Dhoni also needs 95 runs to score 10,000 ODI runs for India.Earlier this month, Dhoni had revealed why he gave up captaincy. He clarified that he wanted the incoming captain Virat Kohli to get enough time as the captain of the Indian team before the 2019 World Cup.”I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain to get enough time for preparing a team before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” Dhoni was quoted as saying by SportsRush at a motivational program organised by the CISF at the Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi.Also read – MS Dhoni overtakes Rahul Dravid to become the second most capped Indian”Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn’t possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time,” Dhoni added.This is a nostalgic moment for Indian cricket fans. Under Dhoni, India won three major ICC tournaments: the World T20 (2007), the World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy (2013).last_img read more

RR vs RCB, IPL 2019: Shreyas Gopal, Jos Buttler ensure RCB stay winless

first_imgShreyas Gopal left Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer perplexed before Jos Buttler hammered a 43-ball 59 as Rajasthan Royals crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets to win their first match of the 2019 Indian Premier League. | RR vs RCB – Highlights |Rajasthan Royals had fought hard in their first three matches but ended up second best against Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.However, on Tuesday, Rajasthan Royals were determined to secure their first points this season.Chasing a 159-run target, Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler got off to a blazing start. The opening pair added 60 for the first wicket for the Royals before Rahane fell to Yuzvendra Chahal in his first over. It was another difficult night for the Royals. After their batsmen failed to chip in and help Parthiv Patel, who top scored with 67, their pacers could not hit the right lengths early on in the RR innings.Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini were expensive but Mohammed Siraj bowled a good first spell, giving away only 5 runs off 2 overs.@josbuttler #VIVOIPL (@IPL) April 2, 2019RCB were hopeful of making further inroads but Steve Smith joined Jos Buttler to foil all of Virat Kohli’s plans. Smith and Buttler added another 44 before Chahal struck again to remove Buttler who was gutted after being well caught out in the deep by Marcus Stonis. At that stage, RR needed only another 55 off 7.2 overs.Smith (38 off just 31 balls) and Rahul Tripathi added 50 runs for the third wicket as Rajasthan Royals ensured Royal Challengers Bangalore stayed winless after four matches in IPL 2019.advertisementEarlier in the evening. after RR won the toss and decided to bowl, Virat Kohli was looking to lay a solid foundation for RCB but he was done in by a terrific googly from Shreyas in his first over. In his next over, Shreyas Iyer struck again to remove AB de Villiers as RCB tottered.At 71 for 2 in the 9th over, it did not look good for RCB but they were banking on Parthiv Patel and Hetmyer to keep them on track for a competitive total. But Shreyas Iyer wasn’t done yet. He came on for his third over and snared Hetmyer with another googly.Luckily for RCB, Parthiv was willing to fight it out. He was involved in a 53-run partnership with Marcus Stoinis and for a while, it did look like Bangalore were headed for a better score than their eventual 158 for 4.Parthiv was easily the best of RCB’s batsmen – his 41-ball 67 was studded with 9 fours and a six while Stoinis, playing his first match for RCB, hit an unbeaten 31 off 28 balls. Moeen Ali hit a quick unbeaten 18 as Royal Challengers Bangalore set RR a 159-run target.Also Read | Shreyas Gopal: The man who loves tormenting Virat Kohli and AB de VilliersAlso Read | IPL 2019: CSK players getting older but wiser too, says Stephen FlemingAlso See:last_img read more

Samsung to release its first foldable smartphone in March

first_imgSeoul, Nov 12 (IANS) Samsung Electronics Co plans to launch its first foldable smartphone in March, along with a fifth-generation (5G) network-powered Galaxy S10, industry sources said on Monday.According to the sources, the South Korean tech giant plans to unveil the flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone in February, followed by the presumed foldable Galaxy F and another edition of the Galaxy S10 that runs on the 5G network in March, Yonhap news agency reported.The outlook came after Samsung Electronics President Koh Dong-jin, who heads the mobile business, said last week that the company will release a foldable smartphone within the first half of 2019. Koh said the shipment volume of the foldable smartphone will be at least 1 million.Industry watchers said Samsung is expected to showcase the upcoming foldable smartphone in the Mobile World Congress in February, ahead of the official launch in the following month.The much-awaited foldable smartphone, however, is not expected to support the 5G network.While the price of the foldable smartphone has not been decided, industry watchers said it may cost around 2 million won ($1,770). The steep price is expected to limit sales.Samsung said the upcoming foldable smartphone will fold inward and will sport a 7.4-inch screen when unfolded and have a 4.6-inch display like a regular smartphone when folded.–IANSksc/na/mrlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Rahul Chahar a smart guy, love his attitude, says Rohit after MI crush DC

first_imgMumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma heaped praise on Rahul Chahar, saying the teenage leg-spinner has been making good use of the opportunities in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. DC vs MI, IPL 2019 – Report | Highlights Rohit revealed Mumbai Indians were keen on giving Rahul Chahar an opportunity as early as last year. The 19-year-old has been in fine form in the ongoing season of IPL, getting the crucial breakthroughs for Mumbai.On Thursday, Rahul Chahar shone with the ball, picking up the crucial wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, and captain Shreyas Iyer as Mumbai Indians restricted Delhi Capitals to 128 for 9 while defending a 169-run target. Chahar finished with figures of 19 for 3 from his four-over quota to help Mumbai Indians climb to the second spot of the IPL points table.Chahar, who had made his IPL debut for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017, has played only nine matches in the Twenty20 league but the youngster is showing signs of a matured spinner. He has picked up six wickets in as many matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019 at a miserly economy rate of 6.50.Revealing Rahul Chahar is good while bowling to left-handers as well, Rohit said: “It’s something that he’s been working on. He was part of the team last year, but never got to play. At some stage, we wanted to get him in. He’s shown the right kind of attitude, and he’s very smart in terms of what he wants to execute. Those breakthroughs were good. He’s very confident bowling to left-handers too. If you show confidence in him as captain, he will deliver.”advertisement3/19 (4)Rahul Chahar’s leg-breaks have helped us stay in the game! Special performance on a special nightLIVE updates: #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #DCvMI @rdchahar1 Indians (@mipaltan) April 18, 2019Mumbai Indians finished strong on what was a sluggish wicket with an invariable bounce at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, thanks to some power hitting by the Pandya brothers.While Hardik Pandya smashed three sixes and two boundaries in his 15-ball 32 and walked away with the Man of the Match award, Krunal made 37 off 26 balls. Mumbai Indians collected 50 runs off the last three overs to post 168 on the board.Delhi Capitals got a strong start as they posted 48 for 0 in the powerplay overs but they were never able to recover from Rahul Chahar’s triple strike. Rishabh Pant, who has the firepower to tear into opposition attacks, was removed early by a Jasprit Bumrah beauty. Mumbai never let Delhi come back into the match as they bowled 11 overs of spin on the sluggish track.”After the first two overs, we thought 140 was a good score. That’s the chat Quinny and I had, and then luckily for us, we had wickets in hand, and we could use our power-hitters to get some runs in the last few overs. We knew we had quality in our spinners, and they executed it perfectly,” Rohit said.Also Read | Kedar Jadhav needs a few good IPL knocks going into World Cup: BhaveAlso See:last_img read more

BCCI Ombudsman to review WV Raman’s appointment as India women’s team coach

first_imgThe appointment of women’s head coach WV Raman in controversial circumstances will be reviewed by BCCI Ombudsman and Ethics Officer DK Jain, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided in a meeting here on Saturday.Former India opener Raman was appointed in December following a selection process conducted by an ad-hoc panel comprising former captain Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.However, the then two-member CoA comprising chairman Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji were strongly divided on the coach selection process.While Rai had approved the appointment, Edulji called the entire process a “sham and unconstitutional”, saying the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, which had requested for more time, was entrusted with the responsibility of picking the coach.Four months later, the matter has been referred to the Ombudsman.”We have referred the matter to the Ombudsman and it will be his call whether the appointment will need to be reviewed or not,” a BCCI official told PTI after the meeting here.Performances under Raman have been a mixed bag with the team doing well in beating New Zealand and reigning World Cup champions England in the ICC ODI Championship. However, the results in the T20 format have a left a lot to be desired after a 0-3 scoreline against hosts New Zealand as well as the visiting England side.The 53-year-old from Chennai was given charge of the team after the unceremonious exit of Ramesh Powar.The BCCI had invited fresh applications for the job after Powar’s brief stint as interim coach ended in November in rather controversial circumstances.advertisementThe Supreme Court-appointed CoA had been divided over the selection process ever since fresh applications were invited.Powar’s controversial interim tenure ended on November 30 after a bitter fallout with ODI captain and senior player Mithali Raj over selection issues during the World T20 in the West Indies.Powar decided to re-apply after T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana came out in strong support of the former India spinner but was overlooked for the job.Also Read | Rahul Dravid front-runner for NCA head coach after BCCI decides to invite applicationslast_img read more

16 days agoDavid Moyes open to returning to Everton

first_imgDavid Moyes open to returning to Evertonby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Moyes is open to returning to Everton as manager.Struggling boss Marco Silva is coming under increasing pressure at Goodison Park.Moyes, who left Everton for Manchester United in 2013 after 11 years at Goodison Park, is now the bookies’ favourite to succeed Silva, should the Portuguese get the sack.The Mirror says Moyes wants a return to the Premier League, after turning down the offer of jobs in the Championship and League One in recent weeks.Moyes, who lasted just 10 months at United, is currently out of work after leaving West Ham in 2018, after six months in charge.But the 56-year-old, who also managed Real Sociedad and Sunderland post-United, is now the heavy favourite to become the next Toffees boss – for the second time. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Indian Fans Cook Up World Cup Cakes

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Fly Air Travel Accessories That Make Economy Class More Bearable

first_img What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain Flying sucks. On the list of humanity’s favorite pastimes, flying would probably be just above listening to babies cry and just below eating a partially frozen chicken sandwich; unfortunately, many flights feature all three.However, flying can be much less terrible with the right gear. If you’re in first class, you might get a complimentary amenity kit, like these ones featured in AFAR magazine. For the rest of us, however, we need to make our own. So recline your seat, put your tray table down, and check out this list of the best air travel accessories we could find.1. Travel Cocktail Kit from Stephen Kenn Sometimes you just need a drink—and those times are often on planes. If you’d rather not shell out $10 for a scant Rum and Coke, you can bring your own supply from home with this travel cocktail kit. This little number is also nice to have after you arrive at your hotel room, when it’s just you and the pricy mini bar. The Travel Cocktail Kit comes with a handsome leather and canvas carrying case, a mixing spoon, 9 empty bottles of various sizes, and a book of recipes from renowned bartenders. For a more affordable (but also more limited) option, you might check out the Carry On Cocktail Kit.$2752. LinearFlux LithiumCard Portable Battery ChargerThough a lot of newer planes allow you to charge your devices via USB ports, there are still a lot of old birds in the air, which means you’ll likely need to rely on your device’s battery power. If your iPad can’t quite make the 11-hour flight to Shanghai, you might consider bringing along the 2-amp LinearFlux LithiumCard Battery Charger. With a width that’s the equivalent of 5 credit cards, this fella is small enough to fit in your wallet. Its lightning connector makes it compatible with newer Apple devices.$503. Alpine Flyfit Earplugs The screaming children, the incessant talkers, the relentless monotone of the aircraft itself—the soundtrack of your average flight can get very old very quickly. For help tuning it all out, you might try these excellent reusable earplugs from Alpine. They won’t hurt your ears, and they’ll make it a bit easier for you to get some shut-eye. These plugs come with a carrying case, a special cleaner, and two acoustic sound filters. There’s no silicone involved, so you won’t have to worry about allergies.$17.504. F1 Memory Foam Pillow A good pillow is a wonderful ally for air travel. Unfortunately, the pillows they give you on most flights look like they were stolen from a children’s hospital. If you’re looking for the right neck pillow for your long journeys, allow us to present the F1 Memory Foam Pillow. This baby is criminally soft, with an excellent ergonomic design and a loop with a snap, which makes it easier to transport. Also, the soft polyester cover can be taken off and washed.$255. Shrine Sneaker DuffelWe’re all about style here at The Manual. If you’re the kind of fella who likes to bring multiple pairs of shoes on his journeys, you’ll love the Shrine Sneaker Duffel, which boasts two special compartments for your kicks. It also has plenty of other compartments for your tablet, passport, chargers, and any other items you need. Oh, and there’s a sizable center compartment for your clothes and other frivolous items.$275Related: These Innovations Make the Future of Air Travel Look Pretty Fly6. Audio-Technica Noise-Cancelling  EarbudsA good pair of headphones is a must on airplanes. Sadly, the ones they give you often deliver very poor sound quality and are rough on the ears. Instead of risking breakage of your big-ass DJ cans, consider packing these modest-but-powerful earbuds. They use active noise-cancelling technology to reduce up to 90% of noise, and they deliver a high-quality sound to your dome.$637. Privacy Laptop Screen Filter  Flying in economy class is unpleasant anyway, so you might as well double down and get some work done, right? Unfortunately, it’s hard to focus when there’s a peeping Peter sitting next to you, checking out your monitor every five seconds. For a little privacy, you might consider getting a special screen that makes it difficult for folks to steal your intellectual property or judge your choice of in-flight entertainment.$40last_img read more

Tourism Remains A BillionDollar Business

first_imgTourism in Nova Scotia remains a billion-dollar-plus business, employing more than 33,000 people despite a number of challenges. “The 2006 tourism plan for the province will focus on such things as improving transportation links to the province and continuing to improve and develop our major tourism attractions while creating new experiences,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “The province will also explore opportunities for marketing in new areas, such as western Canada, China and Europe.” The year-end 2005 statistics and 2006 plan were released today, Nov. 14, during the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia’s (TIANS) annual conference and trade show in Halifax. The statistics show the number of American visitors to Canada is at a 25-year low, while a stronger Canadian dollar saw an increase in the number of Canadians visiting the United States and overseas. An increase in the number of visitors to Nova Scotia from overseas was not enough to compensate for these trends. “Throughout the country, operators are having a hard time dealing with a combination of high gas prices, a strong Canadian dollar and a decline in American travel,” said Nicholas Carson, chair of TIANS. “Here in Nova Scotia, the loss of the Scotia Prince ferry service (between Portland, Me. and Yarmouth) had a dramatic impact on tourism operators in the south-west region, and was felt in all other parts of the province.” Tourism operators in southwestern Nova Scotia are looking forward to the resumption of ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland, Me., in 2006. Bay Ferries Limited will run its high-speed ferry, The Cat, to Yarmouth three days a week, thanks to a $1.25-million investment from the provincial government. The 2005 year-end statistics show that, from January to the end of September, 1,712,000 visitors came to Nova Scotia. That represents a five per cent drop from the 1,804,400 visitors who came to the province during the same period last year. There were 13 per cent fewer visitors from the United States and the statistics show a 23 per cent increase in the number of visitors from overseas. Accommodation activity was down by about three per cent while camping activity was up about one per cent. Current projections suggest tourism revenues for 2005 will be $1.29 billion, down slightly from last year’s $1.31 billion. Highlights of the 2005 season included: the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Port Royal, the 50th anniversary of the Canso Causeway, the Canadian Ladies Open Golf Championship in Hammonds Plains, the East Coast Music Awards in Sydney, and major national and international recognition for the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Highlands Links Golf Course, and Keltic Lodge. Nova Scotia’s tourism campaign was also named the best in the country for the second time in three years by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Each year a new tourism plan is developed by the Tourism Partnership Council, an industry-government partnership. Each plan is based on research and is customer focused. The 2006 tourism plan will address two major trends in how visitors are planning and taking their vacations. “We are seeing our visitors taking shorter, last minute vacations, and the exploding use of the Internet to plan and book those vacations,” said Charles Clerk, chair of the council. “We will work with that information to make it as easy as possible for people to research, customize, and purchase their own Nova Scotia experience.” Nova Scotia’s tourism industry continues to benefit from co-ordinated marketing and research from such organizations as the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership and the Canadian Tourism Commission. The commission is currently conducting comprehensive research in the American market and the results are expected early next year. It is hoped the research will shed some light on the continuing decline in the number of visitors from the U.S. “The Nova Scotia government’s commitment to tourism is strong and clear, with an additional $10 million invested this year in marketing, regional tourism and tourism development,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Much of that investment is still at work and will have a lasting and positive impact for years to come.” Interest in Nova Scotia as a vacation destination remains high with more than two million visitors to the tourism website along with six thousand downloads of information.last_img read more

Calgary Zoo peacock bolts during roundup only to become lions lunch

first_imgCALGARY – One of the Calgary Zoo’s seven brightly plumed peacocks died after it flew into the lion enclosure and was eaten during a pre-winter roundup of the birds.The zoo says the peacock died last Thursday as the free-range birds — all males — were being taken to their cold-weather quarters.Spokeswoman Trish Exton-Parder says it unexpectedly took wing and flew higher and faster than staff had assumed it could.She says it landed quite some distance away in the lion compound, where one of two male lions launched an attack.Keepers who tracked the bird’s flight later discovered feathers in the pen, indicating it had been eaten.Exton-Parder says the other six peacocks are safely in their holding pen.“It was very shocking for the animal care team,” said Exton-Parder.“There’s nothing that they would have changed to have prevented something like this, so it’s not a fault issue, it’s just a peacock who randomly chose to take off in a different direction and landed in an unfortunate situation,” Exton-Pardner said.“It will be on their minds for sure next year going in and knowing that there’s always that chance that one of the other birds might make a choice to go a different direction, but we’ll leave that to the expertise of our animal care team to determine if anything does need to be adjusted for next season.”last_img read more

Harper scores fina10 as Drexel stuns Charlotte 7978

first_imgCHARLESTON, S.C. — Troy Harper scored 10 of his 17 points in the last three minutes as Drexel rallied from seven points down to clip Charleston 79-78 when Harper scored three straight free throws with one second remaining on Thursday night.Harper was 5 of 13 from the floor but made 7 of 8 free throws. Trevor John led the Dragons (8-10, 2-3 Colonial Athletic Association) with 22 points and five 3-pointers, Alihan Demir added 20.Charleston (13-4, 2-2) led for all but 3:05 of the game and was ahead 77-70 after Brevin Galloway and Zep Jasper Jasper scored back-to-back, but Harper took over in the final 2:56, with three layups and five free throws. Drexel was down 78-77 when Harper was fouled on a 3-point attempt. After he made two to tie, Campbell called a 30-second timeout, but Harper was unfazed and sank the winning free throw.Grant Riller led Charleston with 18 points.Charleston was previously unbeaten in six home games this season. The Cougars were stunned on Saturday, losing at James Madison, 69-58. That loss snapped a 10-game winning streak.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Program Changes Support a More Diverse Inclusive Workforce

Government is helping more Nova Scotians who are underrepresented in the workforce upgrade their skills and become job ready. The Skills Development Program is changing to provide quicker access to training for these unemployed Nova Scotians looking for a job. “It is important that our workforce represents our province’s diverse population,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “We are taking action to help reduce barriers and connect more Nova Scotians to opportunities in our growing, innovative and inclusive economy. This is part of building the kind of province we all want to be part of.” The program helps unemployed Nova Scotians who are having trouble getting a job and needing to develop new skills. Individuals work with a career practitioner on a career plan and receive funding for training through adult learning programs and post-secondary education. Currently, Nova Scotians must have been working or looking for work for three years to be eligible for this support. Individuals who self-identify as one or more of the following groups are now eligible after just two years: “With the growing need for skilled labour in Nova Scotia, it is important to invest in Nova Scotians who are underrepresented and those furthest away from the labour market,” said Rebekah Skeete, director, YMCA Greater Halifax. “As a result of this pilot more underrepresented youth, single parents who had to take time off to raise their children and African Nova Scotian and First Nations communities may become eligible.” For more information about the program and a full list of eligibility criteria, visit . To speak with a career practitioner, visit a Nova Scotia Works centre . Indigenous Peoples African Nova Scotians visible minorities persons with disabilities recent immigrants read more

First 201920 Budget Update

The first update on Budget 2019-20 shows Nova Scotia remains on track for another balanced budget. Minister of Finance and Treasury Board Karen Casey presented the update today, Sept. 19. The projected surplus is $30.8 million, down $2.8 million from budget day. “Managing our finances and having balanced budgets has provided a strong fiscal foundation to build upon,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey. “We are following the plan outlined in Budget 2019-20, which invests in areas that directly benefit Nova Scotians, such as health care, education and youth, economic growth and communities.” Finance and Treasury Board provides budget updates to the public three times a year in September, December and as a final forecast with the following year’s budget. A budget’s final report is presented through Public Accounts in the summer. Budget 2019-20 is on track to be the fourth consecutive balanced budget total revenue is projected to be up $119.8 million, mainly due to a federal contribution to Boat Harbour remediation and a flow-through federal payment to municipalities from the gas tax overall expenses are projected to be up $129.7 million, mainly due to increased expenses in Health and Wellness, Community Services and the flow-through federal payment to municipalities from the gas tax additional appropriations are needed in eight departments and agencies and for tangible capital assets, totalling $169.7 million debt servicing costs are revised down by $13.7 million Quick Facts: Additional Resources: September Forecast update: Budget 2019-20: -30- read more

Nova Scotia Celebrates Cadet Day

Sea, army and air cadets: Quick Facts: — this is the 9th annual Cadet Day since the Sea, Army, Air and Navy League Cadets Day Act was passed in the legislature in 2010. Quotes: “The Canadian Armed Forces proudly supports the Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air Cadets, and we’re honoured to mark Cadet Day alongside the Province of Nova Scotia”, “Each year across this province, from Cheticamp to Yarmouth, Amherst to Halifax, we see cadets taking on leadership roles and supporting their communities by organizing events like Remembrance Day ceremonies, environmental stewardship activities, and volunteering with local charities. Cmdr. Peter Antonew, commanding officer of the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Atlantic), Canadian Armed Forces -30- Cadet Day, Saturday, Oct. 5, is an opportunity to recognize the positive impact the cadet program has in shaping Nova Scotia youth and in shaping well-rounded, community-minded future leaders. A flag will be raised at Province House in Halifax to celebrate the day and the achievements of youth and success of the program in promoting a lifetime of physical fitness, volunteerism and citizenship activities. “The cadet program offers young people an opportunity to come together and participate in a variety of challenging and fun activities that build skills they’ll use the rest of their lives,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, Minister for Military Relations and Minister responsible for Youth. “We are proud to see cadets being active in their communities and making positive contributions right across our province.” There are 85 cadet units in Nova Scotia and more than 3,000 youth between the ages of 12-18 are enrolled. Navy cadets: Additional Resources: For more information: read more

Personal life needs to be respected Cong on reports of Rahuls visit

New Delhi: Personal liberty has always been respected in India’s democratic tradition and the personal should not be mixed with the public life of an individual, the Congress said on Monday amid reports that its former president Rahul Gandhi was travelling abroad ahead of assembly elections. Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra are being held on October 21. “In India’s democratic tradition, there is a difference between personal and public life and personal liberty has always been respected,” Congress national secretary Pranav Jha told reporters when asked about Gandhi going abroad. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “Those who have tried to create a controversy over the issue or those people and institutions who are misusing their powers to make public the personal visits of some leaders should respect personal liberty,” Jha added. The BJP has been attacking Gandhi and raised questions over reports of his visit abroad at a time when two key states are going to the polls. “The personal should not be mixed with the public life of an individual,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said on Twitter while defending the former party president. read more


Advertisement TORONTO — A Toronto gallery must now pay tens of thousands of dollars to a Canadian musician who alleged he was sold a fake painting purported to be by the renowned Indigenous artist Norval Morrisseau.Ontario’s top court says the trial judge made several errors in dismissing the legal action by Kevin Hearn, a member of the Barenaked Ladies, against the Maslak-McLeod Gallery.Hearn purchased the painting, titled “Spirit Energy of Mother Earth,” in 2005 after receiving assurances that it was authentic and being promised a valid provenance statement attesting to that fact. Twitter Advertisement Court documents say Hearn launched his legal battle after an official at the Art Gallery of Ontario told him the painting was likely a fake, and the gallery’s now-deceased owner refused to investigate the allegation or issue a refund.At trial, an expert testified that while the painting drew on Morrisseau’s “visual vocabulary” it did not fit in with his other works from that time and she believed it to be a forgery.In a ruling released today, the court of appeal says the trial judge erred in rejecting the expert’s testimony based on his own research, which was not entered as evidence.It says the judge also misapprehending the evidence regarding the agreement between Hearn and the gallery, particularly in relation to the issuance of a valid provenance statement for the painting.The appeal court says the gallery must pay Hearn $50,000 plus interest for breach of contract and breach of the Sale of Goods Act, as well as $10,000 in punitive damages. If Hearn receives the money, he must return the painting to the gallery, the ruling says.The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies read more


Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Other films in the 16-day program include the world premiere of Anthony Shim’s “Daughter.”The drama is set in Vancouver and stars John Cassini as a man who “wanders the streets looking for solace in whatever intimacy he can afford.”The closing film is Nicolas Bedos’s “La Belle Epoque,” a time-travelling dramatic comedy starring Daniel Auteuil.Special presentations include Bong Joon-ho’s dark comedy “Parasite,” Edward Norton’s 1950s crime drama “Motherless Brooklyn” and Ken Loach’s modern-day England tale “Sorry We Missed You,” which are also at the Toronto film festival.Also announced Wednesday was $1.4 million federal government funding to the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society for cultural infrastructure upgrades at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre.The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — This year’s Vancouver International Film Festival will open with Atom Egoyan’s “Guest of Honour.”The drama, starring David Thewlis as a health inspector and Laysla De Oliveira as his music-teacher daughter, is also in the lineup for the Toronto International Film Festival kicking off Thursday.Organizers for the Vancouver film fest have announced the lineup of gala titles and special events for the 38th instalment, which runs Sept. 26 to Oct. 11. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter read more


Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Daniel Beirne is shown as Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King in “The Twentieth Century” in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Toronto International Film Festival TORONTO — With the torrential buzz that dominates the biggest movies of the Toronto International Film Festival, it’s a given that several gems often get missed by the masses.But while these stellar features might not be loaded with marquee names, flashy story lines, or colossal marketing budgets, they all deserve a spot on your must-see list, if you’re looking for a cinematic adventure.Here are six movies that stunned us, rocked us and left us crying out for an encore. From David Friend:“BACURAU”Class inequity and social uprising were major themes in many of this year’s TIFF films, but few carried the simmering urgency of this one from Brazillian directors Kleber Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles. Pulling threads from Italian westerns and hunter-prey thrillers, the film begins as a truck rumbles down the road to Bacurau, a fictional village that’s stocking a suspiciously large number of empty caskets. It soon becomes clear that its residents have been sold by a corrupt political leader to a group of foreign gunmen looking to catch a bloodthirsty thrill while on vacation. What seems like a hazy story of powerless citizens left to die quickly shifts gears to a palm-sweating showdown against a scowling Udo Kier in one of his best villainous roles.“THE TWENTIETH CENTURY”Matthew Rankin doubles down on the bizarre history of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King with his wildly inaccurate biopic of the man, which imagines his life as a youthful politician. Drawing inspiration from wartime news reels, German expressionist film sets, and even fellow Winnipeg director Guy Maddin, Rankin completely subverts the mystique around politicians by mocking patriotism, propaganda and Canadian identity. Daniel Beirne, of “Workin’ Moms,” plays the future prime minister as a timid goof with a fetish for women’s footwear, while frequent Maddin collaborator Louis Negin dons a dress to play his bedridden mother. It’s all very silly, but Rankin makes toying with stilted dialogue, old Hollywood gender cliches and familiar political tropes more fun than it should be. And despite its pointed jabs, “The Twentieth Century” comes out feeling like a loving tribute to everything about Canada’s identity that’s a tad ridiculous.“EMA”From its opening shot of a traffic light set ablaze by the title character’s personal flame thrower, director Pablo Larrain is relentless as he picks at the scab of a young woman’s anarchistic tendencies. After her adopted son is taken away by social workers concerned by his pyromaniac tendencies, professional dancer Ema lashes out with her friends on the streets, moving to the beat of reggaeton music and literally setting the world on fire. But her older choreographer husband, played by Gael Garcia Bernal, resents his wife’s unpredictable moves, and how she’s pushing against the walls of a society that’s forcing her in a box. “Ema” is beautiful in its chaos, unsettling in its sexual unpredictability, and an experience that’s only fully realized in its final scene..From Cassandra Szklarski:“ANTIGONE”Newcomer and TIFF rising star Nahema Ricci seethes with raw emotion as the heroine in this modern-day adaptation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy. Here, the teenage Antigone sacrifices all for her immigrant family when her brother is gunned down by police and another is arrested, even as her steadfast moral code clashes with the law and so-called justice. Writer-director Sophie Deraspe mixes cellphone video and images of viral social media with shattering scenes of a young woman bewildered by a heartless political and legal system that bear its full weight on her principles.“THE PLATFORM”The horrors laid bare in this high-concept Spanish-language allegory go far deeper than the flagrant violence, bestial indignities and WTF moments on display — and there are several. Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia sets the mayhem in a concrete prison comprised of possibly hundreds of stacked cells, each occupied by two people forced to wait daily for a feast to descend from the top floors. All but those on the first level eat leftovers discarded by prisoners above, who each gorge themselves knowing that leaves less for the increasingly ravenous and desperate who wait beneath them. Smart, unnerving, and unforgettable.“COLLECTIVE”A Romanian sports reporter asks questions about the burn patients who survived a deadly nightclub fire and the disquieting facts that emerge just cascade from one alarming revelation to another in this gripping documentary from Alexander Nanau. “Collective” is far more than a bombshell expose of health-care rot that extends from venal hospital managers to the criminal underworld to the upper echelons of government; this is an urgent wakeup call to the fragility of society when greed takes hold.David Friend and Cassandra Szklarski ~ The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: read more


Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Actor and screenwriter Jonas Chernick has had an almost two-decade love affair with Calgary and, in particular, the Calgary International Film Festival.In 2001, the festival’s second year, Chernick brought Inertia, a film he starred in and wrote from a series of improv sessions with the cast members.“It was a small festival and a really welcoming one. I loved the festival and I got to love the city. I also found love with a local girl so it was a really memorable year for me. I vowed I would bring all my future films whether I wrote, produced or simply starred in them to Calgary and I have,” says Chernick, whose latest collaboration, James vs. His Future Self, will play at the Globe at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 and again at Eau Claire on Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Jonas Chernick and Daniel Stern in James Vs Himself at Calgary International Film Festival. CALGARY read more

Nearly 80 of Canadians are worried AI is advancing too quickly and

A new report highlights a growing fear among Canadians that’s tied to the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence.An online study conducted by Environics Research Group revealed that 77 per cent of Canadians are concerned that AI is advancing too quickly to properly understand its potential risks. The survey of 1,200 Canadians was sponsored by TD Bank back in May, and also indicated a growing concern around biases in how the technology is developed. Additionally, sixty per cent of Canadians worry about a lack of diversity in the growing field of AI.The results don’t shock Tomi Poutanen, chief AI officer for TD and co-founder of Layer 6, but he said they do signal a growing awareness of AI’s transformative capabilities, and people are looking to banks to validate its adoption.“People look to banks to innovate,” said Poutanen, who also participated in a roundtable with a dozen other industry leaders to explore the opportunities and challenges facing the financial sector in the adoption of AI. Nearly 90 per cent of Canadians want banks to be innovative. ”There is a big need for us to educate the public.”But several experts suggest banks still have a lot to learn about cloud before they can fully embrace AI and quell public fears.Scott Mullins, head of worldwide financial services and business development for AWS, said he frequently has to discourage banks from adopting machine learning because they’re simply not ready. They think because they’ve migrated parts of the bank to the cloud that they’re ready for one of the most compelling branches of AI, but the data in those workloads is usually scattered, meaning it’s not ready to be funneled through an algorithm.Related Stories:Who should the CISO report to, and other CloudSec 2019 takeaways“Banks quickly realize that they’re not ready for it,” he told IT World Canada during a visit to Toronto, where AWS hosted its third cloud symposium of the year.Mullins said data lakes, such as AWS Lake Formation, is a good stepping stone to AI. Lake Formation is a centralized, curated, and secured repository that stores data, both in its original form and when it’s prepared for analysis.Banking executives globally overwhelmingly agree that AI will have the greatest impact on their organization over the next three years. Forty-eight per cent of them, to be exact, expect AI to have a greater impact compared to blockchain (17 per cent) extended reality (15 per cent) and quantum computing (19 per cent), according to Accenture’s Banking Technology Vision 2019 report, which surveyed 785 banking executives from 30 countries including Canada.But AI capabilities that detect fraud and money laundering or turns chatbots into helpful consultants requires massive data storage capacity and scalable compute power. That’s where cloud comes in.John Painter, the chief innovation officer for Sourced Group, an AWS partner. Photo by Alex Coop.Sourced Group, One of AWS’s most qualified partners when it comes to dealing with organizations in highly regulated industries, has had a front row seat to other banks’ digital transformation. And while Canadian banks have worked hard to catch up to their international neighbours around cloud and AI, they’re still noticeably behind understanding the risks associated with both, especially cloud.“Understanding the risk profile of what cloud presents, then understanding how to certify those services in the cloud, is done very well in other jurisdictions,” according to Painter. “Canada is a little further behind.”Sourced Group is a global IT consultancy specialising in large-scale cloud transformations for regulated industries with a growing team in Toronto. In 2017 it also helped launch the first public facing retail bank app on AWS in Australia. The firm also recently closed a CAD$20 million round of financing. The round was by Round 13 Capital with participation from Comerica Bank and HSBC, and is the first institutional investment for the privately held firm, which has been self-funded since its founding in 2010. The company has experienced serious growth since then, including a 267 per cent increase in revenue and a four-fold increase in headcount over the past three years. Painter attributed much of their success to the proliferation of cloud computing in Canada during that time period, and said he’s confident Canada’s banks can achieve similar levels of innovation found in Australia and Singapore, where banks have fully embraced digital banking.QUICK FACTSCanadians are hungry for more digital services. A December 2018 survey conducted by Abacus Data found that 56 per cent of Canadians used mobile banking in 2018 — an increase from 44 per cent in 2016 and 31 per cent in 2014. Thirty-two per cent of financial transactions are done with a mobile device, according to the Canadian Bankers Association. Roughly half of Singapore’s population performs transactions online with DBS Bank, a Sourced Group customer, and more than a quarter by mobile. A decade ago, DBS stood for “Damn Bloody Slow”, according to at least one taxi driver quoted by Forbes, and it had the lowest customer satisfaction score of any bank in Singapore. But by 2016, it earned financial services magazine Euromoney’s top digital bank award.“The same markers that we saw in Australia, such as early stage adoption that led to more systematic progress in cloud, exist in Canada,” he said, indicating there are dozens of workloads belonging to Canadian banks that are now running in public clouds. “In Australia and Singapore, banks have entire lines of business running in the cloud. To the best of my knowledge, based on our client base, that hasn’t been achieved yet in Canada,” said Painter.Mullins agreed that Canada is seeing progress in the financial sector. Even widely publicized breaches aren’t scaring off banks from the public cloud.“I had a conversation with a bank CEO after the breach,” said Mullins, referring to the Capital One breach. “He was asking me ‘what should I do to make sure I’m ready’. My answer was regular architecture reviews on your applications. Not just the ones running on AWS, but also the ones that are running on-premises and on other cloud providers.”He said other reasons why Canada’s banks are experiencing slower adoption of cloud and AI is because they’re still largely focused on building their own products and digital experiences, rather than leaning on fintechs to do some of that heavy lifting for them through formal partnerships.Canada’s Competition Bureau has emphasized a need for banks to better utilize the fintech community, but when they do reach out to fintechs, banks don’t make it easy, explained Mullins.“A bank will get all excited about your technology, they’ll say ‘that’s wonderful this is going to solve all our problems!’ But then they go, ‘by the way, can you fill out this due diligence questionnaire and run it on-premises?’ Having to customize a solution for them and retrofit it so it functions on legacy systems makes it hard for fintechs to be successful,” he said.Michael Rhodes, TD Bank’s head of innovation, technology and shared services, said in its sponsored study that the concerns highlighted by the public around emerging technologies and the contributions of the fintech community are important steps in the right direction.“We believe this is a critical time to advance an industry-wide discussion that moves beyond principles to create world-class services for Canadians in a responsible way, while unlocking the full potential of AI,” he wrote.This section is powered by IT World Canada. 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